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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick walks on the field during an NFL football training camp practice at Gillette Stadium, Thursday, July 24, 2014, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo)

Tim O’Sullivan: Even in the offseason, Patriots (and their rivals) are right in the spotlight

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Offseason? What offseason? Sure, we know the NFL gets year-round coverage now, but the chatter and headlines swirling around the Patriots in the last month has taken the attention to another level. There’s been a tampering charge counter punch, rule changes pointing toward Foxborough, rivalries rekindled and seismic free agent moves. Here’s a breakdown of the recent action, starting with the laughable and ending with the essential. ∎ When New York Jets owner Woody Johnson filed tampering charges against the Patriots on Tuesday, it had the feel of kindergarten name-calling gone wild. Johnson claimed New England owner Robert Kraft was tampering when he commented on Darrelle …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Brady’s Bell brothers looking to ring in a championship

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Jourdain Bell enjoyed his freshman year at Bishop Brady – making new friends, returning to a traditional classroom after two years of home school and rising to the challenge of varsity basketball. And things only got better when his younger brother Joe arrived at Brady the next year. “It was like a gift …

Tim O’Sullivan column: Celtics move forward with trade for point guard Thomas

Friday, February 20, 2015

Danny Ainge didn’t have to do anything. Boston’s president of basketball operations had already made nine trades this NBA year before yesterday’s trade deadline. He had already stockpiled mounds of assets and created enough salary cap and roster flexibility to rebuild the Celtics, the Maine Red Claws and any other pro hoops team …

Tim O’Sullivan: Red Sox and Rays take us out to the brawl game

Sunday, June 1, 2014

The Yankees will always hold a special place in our … what’s the opposite of heart? Despising the New York pinstripes is part of our heritage here in New England. If given the option, I always pick, “What …

Tim O’Sullivan: The Spurs boring? Guess you don’t know Matt Bonner

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Most NBA fans will be rooting for Oklahoma City tonight in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The NBA itself probably hopes the Thunder beats San Antonio. Because if the Spurs win, they’ll take a 3-0 series …

Tim O'Sullivan: Sixth pick leaves Celtics with plenty of rebuilding options

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

There was no good luck for the Celtics in last night’s NBA draft lottery, but there wasn’t any bad luck, either. Boston landed the No. 6 pick, which was the most probable outcome going into the night. The …

Bruins and Canadiens set for Game 7 – as we should have expected

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Of course Boston and Montreal are going to a Game 7, what else did you expect? The Bruins may have been the favorites. They may have finished with 17 more points than the Canadiens in the regular season. …

Tim O’Sullivan: Big bad B’s back in control

Saturday, May 10, 2014

For the first time all series, the Bruins brought their big and bad from the opening faceoff in yesterday’s Game 5. They also produced on the power play for the first time. Add those two together and you …

Tim O’Sullivan: Cheering for Clippers would be a slap for Sterling

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Yesterday, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver did what most of us would like to do – slap Donald Sterling with all of the force at his disposal. In response to the racist remarks allegedly made by Sterling, Silver fined …

Bruins refuse to be haunted by last year’s letdown

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Maybe they weren’t thinking about last year. Maybe they were truly living in the present and taking it one cliché, I mean game, at a time. But there’s no doubt the Bruins arrived at TD Garden yesterday with …

Transition season in the past, Concord girls’ lacrosse aims bigger

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

When Stephanie Johnson took over as the Concord High girls’ lacrosse coach last year, she was replacing a coach, Terry Anderson, who had been leading the Crimson Tide for 15 years. She also was inheriting a team that graduated 12 seniors, 11 of them starters, after an undefeated …

Tim O’Sullivan: Long and winding road to pitching success for Sylvester

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Unexpected detours and delays have marked Derrick Sylvester’s journey. But the Franklin High graduate likes the place that twisting path has led – Southern New Hampshire University, where he’s the staff ace and a senior leader for the …

Tim O’Sullivan: Cote’s hard work paying off in promotion to Charleston

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Jordan Cote has been waiting for this. The last two seasons were a slow grind of rookie ball back fields, rehab bullpen sessions and simulation games for the Winnisquam High product. But on Friday, Cote learned he will …

Celtic great Cowens covers basketball and business in new book

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

With more than three decades of experience in the business world, Tom Raffio has encountered a long list of success strategies. The president and CEO of Northeast Delta Dental spent about 10 years compiling his thoughts on those strategies in hopes of writing a book. Then Raffio met …

Todd Cote a valuable presence as John Stark basketball manager

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Life lessons can hit you from all angles. My Aunt Margo, who had Down syndrome, blessed me with plenty of lessons, none greater than her example of unconditional love. When I would misbehave as a kid, or even …